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President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly with a photo of Pakistan's late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto next to him at UN headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. — Photo by AP

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari declared Tuesday before the United Nations that his country had suffered enough in its fight against extremist terror and should not be asked to do more.

“No country and no people have suffered more in the epic struggle against terrorism than Pakistan,” he insisted.

“To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. Do not ask of my people what no one has ever asked of any other peoples,” he said.

“Do not demonize the innocent women and children of Pakistan. And please, stop this refrain to 'do more'.”

Beginning his address to the UN General Assembly with a denunciation of the recent American-made movie trailer and French cartoons that insulted the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), he demanded that such material be banned worldwide.

Then, speaking next to a photograph of his late wife — Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, who was murdered by militants — he set about defending the Pakistani people's record in the war on violent extremism.

Zardari said regular US drone strikes against targets in his country made his task of selling the fight against terror to his people harder, as did the massive increase in Afghan drug exports since the US-led invasion.

“There are a lot of questions that are asked of Pakistan these days,” he said, his voice rising as he warmed to his theme.

“I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan. The people of Pakistan have already answered them. The politicians of Pakistan have answered them. The soldiers of Pakistan have answered them,” he declared.

“We have lost over 7,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians,” he added. “And I need not remind my friends here today, that I bear a personal scar.”

Pakistan has long been seen as a safe haven for myriad armed groups, whether Taliban fighting along the Afghan border, domestic extremists or Kashmiri Muslims bent on capturing Indian-held territory.

“I remember the red carpet that was rolled out for all the dictators,” he said. “These dictators and their regimes are responsible for suffocating and throttling Pakistan, Pakistan's institutions and Pakistani democracy.

“I remember the jailing of Pakistan's elected leaders. I remember the 12 years I myself spent in prison. And I remember the billions provided by the international community to support those dictatorships,” he said.

“My country's social fabric, its very character has been altered. Our condition today is a product of dictatorships.”

Zardari's government has often been accused in the West of not doing enough to fight armed extremism, and since bin Laden was found — in a garrison town near the capital — some in Washington have called for aid to be cut.


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khanm
Sep 26, 2012 05:09am
look who is talking........
Iqbal khan
Sep 26, 2012 05:04am
Look who is taking.
Patriot Pakistani
Sep 26, 2012 06:18am
Wow--- Is that really spoken by Mr. President !!! Well to a certain extent he he has given a true massege to the world community but its difficult to digest by any one due to many conspiracies around and poor credibility of Mr. Zardari . Anyway nice try though ;)
wali
Sep 26, 2012 05:58am
how could he say all these things?, i cant believe !!! I cant trust him, No way....
Sehr Sehrish
Sep 26, 2012 05:56am
Shukar hai Zardari sb ne koi kaam ki baat ki
James
Sep 26, 2012 05:55am
Interesting, amusing, and admirable - to an extend. tho i hate him! (0:
Sunny
Sep 26, 2012 05:50am
Inspite of his reputation at home this speech of him at the UN will be remembered in history for a long time. Kudos to Zardari.
Ironman
Sep 26, 2012 05:14am
Mr Zradari..you are yourself responsible for the current state of your nation. The world is only asking you to cut off all your support to the extremist groups and state sponsored terrorism. This will not bring bring some sense and sensibility in the world but also your own home. Don't harp every time that you have suffered the most. The day you will stop preparing suicide bombers, you won't have to cry in front of the international community that your people are dying.
faisal
Sep 26, 2012 05:17am
Well done Mr. Zardari At least some good words of courage!
muhammad kazim
Sep 26, 2012 05:30am
Unprejudicely speaking very clear stance showed in address by Mr.President gud job done.
G.A.
Sep 26, 2012 12:04pm
I was looking forward to his speech as I had no doubt it would carry substance. His intentions though always questionable. A real leader would hold out on his own and would not resort to using pictures of popular leaders to gain support.
Rahul
Sep 26, 2012 04:00pm
Super Speech. Back it up with actions now, this is the time to get Pakistan out of the isolation with the comity of nations. Bravo Good Job Indeed!
asimjamal
Sep 26, 2012 09:06am
Right Words- Right Place - Great Work for the Nation. Applause
khan Usafzai
Sep 26, 2012 06:36am
bravo Mr.President ...
Ye Z
Sep 26, 2012 06:41am
Lies, lies, lies ... I believe Julian Assange!
PakDefender
Sep 26, 2012 01:16pm
Well done
lixi
Sep 26, 2012 01:14pm
I'm not asking Pakistan to do more- the fact is, is that more muslims are victim of muslim violence in muslim countries-- for every American murdered by a muslim terrorist, 800 muslims die.
Darawal
Sep 26, 2012 08:44am
Stop asking for aid if you are serious.....
Mir Dost Balouch
Sep 26, 2012 09:10am
Thumbs up Mr. President. I like your leadership skills. Yes, one should talk somewhere where it counts a lot rather gathering innocent people in street and let the briefed about country's strategy and policy who know not. Speaking at such platform on multiple burning issues in the interests of region and world requires courage where those leaders and countries are under severe criticism at home and abroad. where people are either killed in the name of terrorism, sectarian basis (Shia Suni), by mobile snatching or fire in factories. Mr. President and world is the witnessed of the consequences of such chosen words in UN general assembly, Saddam was overthrown and executed on holy day, Qaddafi was killed along with children and relatives, Mubarak is nowhere and more than that Mr. Z.A Bhutto was executed because they were the people who talked about something out of the blue. Lets forget who is leader rather what is he doing and how is he doing. what are the circumstances at home and around the world. Only one solution is don't look into the negative aspects think of that half glass is full rather half is empty. In Bangkok when my classmates ask me "Mir! is there civil war (they mean sectarian) in your country? Can foreigners visit your country? sometimes! where is Pakistan located? oh you the one where sucider killed ...... people?" Solution is one!! be one don't see someone on the account of race, religion and sectarian basis rather who is who not who is what. Mir Dost Balouch AIT Thailand
Barbara khan
Sep 26, 2012 09:16am
As usual he is trying to pull wool over the innocent and not so educated people of Pakistan "politicians have answered the questions" which politician has answered the difficult questions posing Pakistan. These are all corrupt and dishonest politicians who have nothing in common than their self preservation. Wrong place to take a false righteous role.
Zainullah Khan
Sep 26, 2012 09:30am
Very good & honest speech.Thank you Mr Zardari
KHAN
Sep 26, 2012 10:32am
AGREE 100%
Ramsingh
Sep 26, 2012 10:59am
Credit Credentials can not gained by one or two good written speech. The world community are enough smart to read between black and white ( Grey ). Whatever double standards acted by Musharraf and other military dictators (may be still on) can not be white washed overnight.
Ali Akbar
Sep 26, 2012 09:03pm
I fully agree. BB needs to be appreciated way more than she presently is.
themuhammadshow
Sep 26, 2012 09:49pm
I like the speech but I don't like him, because of the horrible things he's done to Pakistan.
themuhammadshow
Sep 26, 2012 09:51pm
Exactly! I don't trust him at all
SK
Sep 26, 2012 10:08pm
Well, you don't have to do a lot. Just cut off your training and funding for terrorists and put them to good use. Invest the money in giving them a good education. That's all the world wants from you. Now tell me, is it that difficult, Mr. President?
Muhammad Omer Khan
Sep 26, 2012 10:15pm
Benazir was murdered my militants? Oh.
Muhammad Omer Khan
Sep 26, 2012 10:16pm
Benazir was murdered by militants says the writer. So chapter closed then.
naeem
Sep 26, 2012 04:30am
great speech by president no one has ever spoken in such categorical words with such depth and vision of issues in pakistan ,i know there aare ppl who hate him ppp,socialism,religious harmony these ppl are going to abuse him and his party becoz they dont have substance t0 fight him on issues except to talk agaisnt his personality. well done mr: president,
Faisal
Sep 26, 2012 04:26am
No matter what my personal feelings are for this man but well done Mr. President.
hamidik.
Sep 26, 2012 04:19am
WECOMING SPEECH BY OUR BRAVE PRESIDENT - HE WAS RIGHT BY SAYING -" OUR CONDITION TODAY IS A PRODUCT OF DICTATORSHIP". WELL SAID SIR.
rehan
Sep 27, 2012 04:32am
I wish we would stop trusting the politicians completely and put our faith more in Allah and then ourselves !
Said
Sep 26, 2012 04:11am
Wawo, well done Mr. Zardari. I salute you.
Umer
Sep 26, 2012 04:03am
Crocodile tears.. but after a long time someone stood for Pakistan in the UN.
Zain M
Sep 26, 2012 03:50am
I think its a good speech by the President of Pakistan. Its time we stand up to the bullying by our friends.
Harry
Sep 26, 2012 03:52am
Wow he actually made sense for once.
hamza82
Sep 26, 2012 07:44am
Election anay wala hai :)
irfan
Sep 26, 2012 07:47am
Well said Mr. President, you have made us all proud as a nation after we were made to look like jokers only a week ago by the clergies.
Ali
Sep 26, 2012 07:52am
well! nicely scripted and i congragulate the person for writing it up...as for Zardari he must have warned his bosses of this before hand :)
Ashish
Sep 26, 2012 07:53am
This seeming bravado can fetch you 5 more years in office - well played :)
Akram
Sep 26, 2012 07:53am
you need to read more and talk less.
faiz
Sep 27, 2012 04:32pm
Munir, I agree with you, he did good, we have suffered a great loss in this war, this was Afghanistan war, they have turned against us. we should make Karzi responsible for cross border terrorism..
Qamar Aftab
Sep 26, 2012 07:58am
Good speech Zardari Sahib
Ahmed
Sep 26, 2012 08:00am
Good speech I must say !!! Good work Mr. Zardari. Being a staunch opponent of PPP, I would like to appeciate what right comes out of this goverment. Keep it up President.
Adeel Khalid
Sep 26, 2012 08:15am
It was only a speech. Hoping against hope, the day will come when Speech of pakistani president would be significant for rest world.
Munir Varraich
Sep 26, 2012 08:16am
President of Pakistan's speech in the UN reflects the sentiments of the people of Pakistan. Words were carefully chosen and spoken at the appropriate occassion. Thank you, Mr.President for standing up to one and all in a dignified manner. MAV
Imran
Sep 26, 2012 08:20am
A great and very un-expected from Mr. President ... For the first time, I see him acting as the President of Pakistan! I fear ... this could be part of his party's election campaign ;-)
Saeed
Sep 26, 2012 03:34am
How long will this man continue to ride on his wife's shahadat ? Enough with the photograph already.
observer
Sep 26, 2012 12:38pm
I agree with you on international players being too practical to be swayed by emotions. But BB's murder has not been overused or abused in my honest opinion. To me, Pakistani nation did not pay enough homage to BB.
Shahzad
Sep 26, 2012 08:23am
Mr. Zardari, the world knows well about "scar" you bear. Please stop showing the picture of late. Ms. Benazir Bhutto everywhere. You should be able to convey your point across without using her image. Be optimistic and please stop seeking sympathies!
BS Murthy (@authorspeak)
Sep 26, 2012 08:28am
No denying what Zardari said in the U.N. but what matters in Pakistan is what Kayani thinks.
Asghar
Sep 26, 2012 08:32am
Good speech. But why is he hanging BB's photo around his neck all the time? That looks cheesy. It's been used, abused and overused. It's high time he got over with it. Maybe, it works in Garhi Khuda Buksh to stir emotions - but spare the UN forum. He was there as a president of a country. Should have stood there on his own and come out as a strong person, instead of trying appearing a cry baby.
kamrannaqvi
Sep 26, 2012 09:04am
Though zardari past is bleak but his sermon must be praised for his courageous stance which is the need of the time.
Asim
Sep 26, 2012 09:47am
Ohhh Khair.. What happened to Zardarii.... ??? Excellent speech....
Ali
Sep 26, 2012 09:52am
You mean talking :P
Bilal
Sep 26, 2012 12:31pm
Awesome speech Mr. President. You are one of your kind. Politically astute, friend of friends, extremely patient and gracefull. Thumbs UP....